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Effective: 01/01/2017

In compliance with Senate Bill 466 , individuals with recent military health education and experience who have held Military Health Care Occupations, specifically:

  • Basic Medical Technician Corpsman (Navy HM or Air Force BMTCP)
  • Army Health Care Specialist (68W Army Medic)
  • Air Force Independent Duty Medical Technician (IMDT 4N0X1C)

The above occupations may be eligible to obtain credit for first semester courses. Acceptance of Military Challenge students into the Associate Degree Nursing Program is contingent upon space availability.


Students must complete the following to be able to receive credit for nursing courses:

  1. Applicants must submit a copy of their DD-214 to show proof of honorable discharge.
  2. Applicants must meet all general entrance requirements of the Associate Degree Nursing Program, including completion of designated prerequisites, achieving the Chancellor’s Formula cut score, and passing the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS).
  3. Applicants must successfully pass the challenge exams for first semester courses, which include:
    1. A Satisfactory level of achievement on first semester skills competency,
    2. 75% or above on the written challenge exams:
      • Fundamentals (NS210)
      • 100% on dosage calculations (NS 205)
      • Medical-Surgical I (NS211)
      • Pharmacology (NS 208)
    3. Military Challenge students will not be admitted if they have previously failed a nursing course at another nursing school.


Interested candidates must request an appointment with the Program Director at least eight weeks prior to the application period to discuss eligibility requirements for the Associate Degree Nursing Program.
  1. Applicants who may be eligible for advanced placement include those individuals who have satisfactorily completed military health education within the last two years and have work experience in the following areas within the last four years:
    1. Basic Medical Technician Corpsman (Navy HM or Air Force BMTCP)
    2. Army Health Care Specialist (68W Army Medic)
    3. Air Force Independent Duty Medical Technician (IMDT 4N0X1C)
  2. Applicants applying for transfer credit must submit the following materials verifying education and experience:
    1. Official transcripts from all colleges attended and syllabi of prerequisite courses from appropriate education program(s) demonstrating satisfactory completion of coursework and clinical experience;
    2. Documentation of work experience.
    3. Evaluation of the experience(s) or courses will be performed by the nursing director, content expert(s), and lead instructor at the very least.
    4. After a review of the applicant’s documentation and experience, and upon determination that the applicant has the met the educational and experience requirements, as well as the additional nursing program admission requirements, the student will be required to take and pass challenge examinations for:
      1. 100% on dosage calculations (NS205: must pass prior to NS 208);
      2. Pharmacology (NS 208: must pass prior to NS 211);
      3. Fundamentals (NS 210 didactic: must pass prior to taking NS 211);
      4. Medical-Surgical I (NS 211 didactic); and
      5. First semester skills competency (must pass in order to receive credit for NS 210/211).
    5. Written and skills competency examinations for placement or challenge must be completed eight weeks prior to admission to the program.
    6. Based on results of the challenge exams, placement will be deferred to the discretion of Director of the Nursing Program and Faculty committee.


  1. Angelina Pedroza, M.S.
    Senior Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor, QRP
    Department of Rehabilitation
    Glendale Branch
    425 West Broadway, Suite 200
    Glendale, CA 91204-1210
    (818) 551-2141 Main
    (818) 551-2153 Direct
    (818) 551-2148 Fax
  2. GCC DSPS handbook :